McCain stressed Wednesday that he wasn’t pursuing that angle in the investigation, saying it was something that merely came up in process of talking to the tribal victim. “I didn’t pursue that, they stated that in testimony,” he said, adding, “We didn’t pursue that any further.”
Ney, however, may have to appear before the House ethics committee to explain his actions. In addition, a report in Wednesday’s Los Angeles Times said that the nonprofit group the National Center for Public Policy Research, for which Abramoff used to be a board member, denied paying for the trip to Scotland, making it highly likely Abramoff paid for the trip himself.
Registered lobbyists are not permitted to pay for such trips. Ney denied knowing that Abramoff may have personally paid for the trip, and said he welcomed the chance to talk to the ethics committee to clear the air.